Saturday, February 27, 2010

Vincent Lopez Orchestra - My Fate Is In Your Hands

VINCENT LOPEZ ORCHESTRA: ? Pete Gentile tp, Frank Munn vo
"MY FATE IS IN YOUR HANDS" Fox Trot Razaf Waller
Recorded in New York City ca. January 1930
matrix number: 1022 B
Released Thursday 27th of February, 1930 as Hit of the Week 1022 in the streets of New York City. It was reissued at only one contemporary issues.
( source:
online Hit of the week Discography - Hans Koert)(2004-2010)

Label of the Hit of the Week 1022 ( collection: Hans Koert)

The Hit of the week label has the blue - yellow - blue lettering as most early Hit of the weeks.

The tune My Fate Is In Your Hands was a late 1929 hit by Gene Austin and Fats Waller. Fats recorded it twice, first in November 1929 with Gene Austin singing the tune ( in an orchestra featuring Fats Waller) and a week later as a piano solo interpretation by Fats Waller himself. Fats Waller was responsable for the composition and Andy Razaf for the words. Lyricist Andy Razaf was born Andrea Paul Razafkeriefo in Washington DC on December 16, 1895 and the son of Madagascar nobleman and a nephew of Queen Ranavalona, III, of Madagascar. He started to write lyrics for nightclub revues during the 1910’s. During the 1920s he was responsable for a lot of hit tunes ( Let's list a few ......Ain’t Misbehavin’, Honeysuckle Rose, In the Mood and of course this My Fate Is In Your Hands) for musicians like Eubie Blake, James P. Johnson, and “Fats” Waller. In the 1950’s Razaf began working as a newspaper columnist and continued in that profession until his death in 1973.

Durium released this record on Thursday the 27th of February, 1930, the day that Jack Sharkey lost the fight against Phil Scott with a KO in the third round. The tune was played by Vincent Lopez Orchestra with Frank Munn doing the vocals. Frank Munn was born in New York City February 1895 and was a popular, although now complete forgotten, crooner. He made a lot of recordings during the 1920s up to the 1940s, until he stopped singing in 1947. He is to be heard with a lot of dance bands like Roger Wolfe Kahn, Nat Shilkret, Bernie Cummins, Ben Selvin and Jean Goldkette. He passed away in October 1953. Vincent Lopez was also born in 1895 and directed a sweet dance band for almost 50 years. He became famous during the 1920s playing with his bands in in revues and on the radio ( it was his band that played for the very first time on radio in 1921 ).

Doug Benson who did the sounds restoration of the great series The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings noted that this record seems to have some sound problems. It has a strange cut to the grooves which creates a unique rumbly surface noise, different than any other Hit of the Weeks. They have the same thin sound with a “tinny” tuba (Doug Benson - ( private message) 2003).

Love to finish with the 1929 hit as sung by Gene Austin ( Tenor with Orchestra) in November 1929 My Fate Is In Your Hands. Fats Waller plays the piano on this Victor recording.

Hans Koert


Thursday the 6th of February, 1930: "Tip-Toe Through The Tulips With Me" - Don Voorhees Orchestra ( HOW 1019).

Thursday the 13th of February, 1930:"Through" - Bert Lown and his Hotel Biltmore Music ( HOW 1020)

Thursday the 20th of February, 1930: "Hello Baby" - Bert Lown and his Hotel Biltmore Music (HOW 1021)
Thursday the 27th of February, 1930: "My Fate Is In Your Hands - Vincent Lopez Orchestra ( HOW 1022)

Next week, at this blog, the next Hit of the Week to be sold in the New York news stands ............ 80 years ago !!


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